Program & Facility Information

Place-based nature education in Billings

Nature Nuts:

Nature exploration comes naturally, especially for little kids! Children aged 1 to 4 (and an accompanying adult) join Montana Audubon teacher naturalists for guided outdoor play and learning about the local area.

Nature Nuts occurs every Tuesday, year-round, from 10-11 am. No registration required. Check calendar for more details on each session.

Cost: $6/pair, FREE for members. Different theme each week!

Community Programs:

Coffee Walk with a Naturalist
1st Saturday of the month from 10 – 11:30 am
$10/person, $5/students and children, members free

Join us for a cup of coffee and a nature ramble. These easy to moderate walks focus on observing and learning about the natural world. Designed for adults and older children. Theme this month is…
Dec 2: Scat and Tracks
Jan 6: Snow Science
Feb 3: Naked Plants: how to ID plants without leaves
March 3: It’s in the Clouds
April 7: Raptors: Keys to ID

Sip and Sketch

Our in-house artist, Dawn Nelson, will be teaching the basics of drawing plants in a two-part series in March and April, followed by an outdoor excursion in late spring to practice nature journaling. Choose from the center’s collection of dried specimens or from early spring plants to find the perfect inspiration. Dawn will provide an introductory framework for the process and assist with tips and tricks throughout the evening. Come sip some wine, start your artist sketchbook, and create wonderful plant drawings! All levels welcome!

Part 1 (indoors): March 24 or April 14 from 4 – 6pm

Part 2 (outdoors): May 12 from 4 – 6pm

Fee for each session $30 (10% discount for Members).  Cost includes 2 glasses of wine.

Participants should bring their own supplies (a journal, graphite pencils, watercolor pencils, brushes, erasers, and pencil sharpener).

Registration here

Open Houses
Winter Hours: 1st Saturday of the month from 11:30 am – 2:30 pm (see dates above)

Summer Hours (June – Sept): Every Saturday from 9am – 2pm

Come explore and enjoy the great outdoors! Ask a naturalist your burning questions about animals and plants. Borrow a nature knapsack with field guides and binoculars.

Bird Strolls
2nd Saturday of the month (Dec 9, Jan 13, Feb 10, March 10, April 14)
8 – 9:30 am (Oct – March) and 7 – 8:30 am (April – Sept)
$10/person, $5/students and children, members free

Enjoy crisp winter mornings by the river and learn a few birds along the way. Great for beginning birders. Binoculars and guidebooks available to check out. Families welcome!

Weekend Wonders Family Programs
3rd Sunday of the month from 3 – 4:30pm
$5/person, members free

Naturalist-led programs for all ages of explorers
Dec 17: Winter Wonderlands
Jan 21: Tracks, Scat & Signs
Feb 18: Great Backyard Bird Count
March 18: Marching in Like a Lion: Wind & Weather
April 15: Signs of Spring

Special Events

Feb 17: Evening Owl Prowl
April 21: Earth Day Celebration!
May 20: International Migratory Bird Day
June – Aug: Bat Night Hikes 1 – 2x/month

Birthday Parties:

Click on the button to view our Birthday Party options — from canoeing to forest games to catching bugs!


Day off from school? Spend it outside! Montana Audubon Center break camps are built on the same structure as our summer camps: plenty of adventure and exploration in a safe, fun outdoor environment. All camps are held on-site at the Center and adjacent public lands and trails. Programming is diverse and educationally relevant. Back-to-back camps or those that bookend a weekend are designed for students to attend one OR all in the series. All-day sessions are 8:00 – 3:00 (pack a lunch!)

October 19/20: Fall Frenzy

Jan 15: Snow Science

Feb 9/12: Winter Survival

March 29/30, April 2: Hello Spring!

April 9: Fishing and Fort Building

May 4: Water Wonders

$40/camper, $36 for members.

Scholarships available for up to 90% of cost. Call to inquire.

Register here!

Afterschool Adventures in Nature:

After school is a great time to get outside! Our afterschool instructors guide students in outdoor exploration and learning about the natural world. Plenty of fun to be had and a great way to end a day in the classroom. $80/student (10% discount for members). Before-class care available from 3pm on ($20 additional fee)


After school is a great time to get outside! Our afterschool instructors guide students in outdoor exploration and learning about the natural world. Plenty of fun to be had and a great way to end a day in the classroom.

We’re offering three sessions for the 2017-2018 School Year, all on Wednesdays from 3:30 – 5:30. $80/session (10% member discount). Before-class care is available starting at 3pm.

Sept 20 – Nov 15
K – 2nd Grade: Fabulous Fall
3rd – 6th Grade: Fishing and Fort Building

January 10 – February 28th
K – 2nd Grade: Animal Adaptations
3rd – 6th Grade: Snow Survival

Spring Session: April 4 – May 23
Themes TBA

Registration required here.

Fledglings Nature Preschool:

One of the first nature preschools in Montana and the first in the Billings area, Fledglings Nature Preschool is founded on the idea that kids learn best through play and hands-on experiences. With 80% of school time spent outside on our 54-acre campus and adjacent public land along the Yellowstone River, our program and location offer endless opportunities for curious minds and bodies to grow, experiment, discover, and thrive. 2018-2019 registration begins March 1st.

Montana Master Naturalist:

This course is designed for adults who want to deepen their knowledge of the natural world. We’ll cover everything from birds and insects to geology and plant ID. You’ll hone your naturalist skills as we practice journaling, animal tracking, and observation. Master Naturalist certification available for an additional $100. OPI or Continuing Education units available for $30. Professional development credits may also be arranged.

March 20 – May 22 (10 weeks)
Tuesdays from 5:30 – 8:00 pm
Field Trips TBD

Registration at this link.

Home School Science Classes:

Join the Center staff for inquiry-based, interdisciplinary, student-centered science and nature exploration at Billings’ only place-based nature education facility. We’ll explore different themes during five sessions, which each include 14 hours of instruction.

Programs occur on Mondays and Thursdays.

2017-2018 program:

Autumn: Sept 18 – Nov 9, 2:00-3:45pm: Fall Into Plants

Winter I: Nov 27 – Dec 21, 9:00am – 12:30pm: Earth, Wind, Water, Fire

Winter II: Jan 8 – March 1, 2:00-3:45pm: Mad Scientist

Spring I: March 5 – March 29, 9:00 – 12:30pm: What’s Up, The Sky!

Spring II: April 2 – May 24, 2:00-3:45pm: Bug Out!


Facility Rental:

Looking for a unique place to hold an event? The Center’s 3200 square feet of indoor space and access to the trails and gardens of our campus are a great location for a business retreat, family party, or community meeting. Click on button for more details.

Summer Camps:

Looking for a summer of outdoor learning and adventure? Check out our camp page!

Get Outside Montana:

2016 was the 5th and final year for Get Outside Montana. This community-wide partnership event featured a summer-activity passport along with prizes for participation. While the official passport program is over, we encourage you to visit any of the partner sites to see what they have on tap for their summer programs.


We offer scholarships for our youth programs for up to 90% of cost. Eligible programs include break camps, homeschool, and summer camp. Scholarships are income-based, specific to program, and availability depends on funding. Find the application here.

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